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—  Erik Naggum Norwegian computer programmer 1965 - 2009
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„The way people in democracies think of the government as something different from themselves is a real handicap. And, of course, sometimes the government confirms their opinion.“

—  Lewis Mumford American historian, sociologist, philosopher of technology, and literary critic 1895 - 1990
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—  John Stuart Mill British philosopher and political economist 1806 - 1873
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